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“Relentless” Antonio Orozco 26-0 17KO’s took care of business and stopped previously undefeated KeAndre Gibson 16-1-1- 7KO’s. Orozco missed his last scheduled bout from dehydration and reportedly hired a nutritionist to supplement his conditioning and the results were impressive. Gibson had never been tested against a fighter like Orozco and tonight would be his first trip to a higher level.
Gibson boxed well in the first and fired a jab followed with a good right hand but it looked like Orozoco got his motor running in the second round and he never looked back. Firing big hooks to the body of Gibson, Orozco showed some good upper body movement and bent at the knees to slip punches and return fire as Gibson would exchange on the inside. In the fourth-round Orozco landed a one-two combination that dropped Gibson forward to his knees, Gibson would make it to his feet but referee Russel Mora waived the fight at 1:31 in the fourth round when Gibson indicated he didn’t want to continue. Orozco picked up the WBC USNBC Jr. Welterweight title and raised his stock for a title shot or big box showdown against Terrance Crawford with an impressive win.
After the fight Orozco said “I prepared hard for this fight and it showed in the ring, thank God for the outcome.” Orozco said “I went to body early and I think it set things up for later in the fight, I got the knockout and feel great about the result.”
Mercito Gesta 30-1-2 16KO’s made a televised return to face Mexico City’s Gilberto Gonzalez 27-4 22KO’s. Gesta having only fought once since a draw against Carlos Molina in California two years ago looked a step slower and showed some rust against the rugged Mexican. In the second round an uppercut from Gonzalez put Gesta down in a sign that the fight was heating up.
Gonzales consistently ate Gesta three to land his one telling blow and he started to show the wear on his face when his nose started spewing blood from the third round on. At the end of 10 rounds the scorecards read 99-91, 98-92, and 96-93 for Gesta to a chorus of boos from the crowd. The fight was much closer than indicated on the official cards. “I listened to my corner in the fight and never let my opponent get too close.” Said Gesta. “I’m happy with the outcome and I plan to lie low after this.”
Glendora, Califonia’s Joet Gonzalez 15-0 8KO’s took a step up in competition against St. Louis’s Derrick Murray 13-2-1 5KO’s. Gonzalez showed early that he was the better athlete and more aggressive puncher landing good combinations to the body of Murray. Murray’s face and body language started to show the beating that Gonzalez was laying on him and referee Russel Mora jumped in at 1:55 of the fifth round to save him from anymore punishment. “Going in I wanted to be smart and cut him off” Said Gonzalez “Overall this was a great fight and I’m happy to have another victory.”
Emilio Sanchez 15-0 10KO’s shined with a TKO8 victory over journeyman Jose Bustos 11-7-3 7KO’s in the evening’s opening bout. Sanchez showed good punch selection and fired a good jab followed by fundamentally sound straight right hands early and often. In the 8th round a shot from Sanchez sent Bustos to the canvas prompting referee Robert Byrd to step in and call a halt to the action. “My plan going into the fight was to be smart and not get hit” said Sanchez after the fight. “I didn’t plan on knocking him out”.